It’s worth wandering a little further afield from Southend-on-Sea proper if you’re in search of a less-heralded gem of a restaurant. And if it’s Italian you’re after, head up Sutton Road east of the town centre to find the little collection of shops and eateries on your way north to St Luke’s and Prittlewell train station. Here, along the road slightly less travelled, you can find Route 5, a cosy and down to earth Italian restaurant specialising in the regional cuisines of Sicily and Abruzzi. The menu is simple and understated, but packed with ingredients from the two famous foodie regions, as is the wine list. If you can’t decide on what to eat, why not book for the third Thursday of the month and pick a starter and main course blind and let the kitchen work it’s magic.
We were watmly welcomed when we arrived we had looked at the menu on line so knew what we wanted and the food was wonderful. We will definitely be going back.
The food was fabulous, the atmosphere was fantastic and we will definitely be returning. Really good fresh tasting food-FABULOUS everyone should visit at least once
Lovely staff, clean restaurant, delicious fresh food. Our waiter was friendly and helpful and was able to offer one of our party gluten free options.